But despite his rocky, winding path through the foster care and criminal justice systems, Stafford sees a bit of hope on the horizon, thanks to a twist of fate and a jailhouse fight with a mass-murderer.
If Stafford’s name doesn’t ring a bell, he’s the black guy who snuck out of his cell last week and beat up a fellow inmate, Dylann Roof, the 21-year-old white supremacist charged with killing nine parishioners at the historic Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston, South Carolina.
Jail officials say that when guards locked down the unit in order to take Roof to the showers they failed to properly lock Stafford’s cell door.
There, Stafford found Roof alone in the shower. One of the officers had gone on break and the other was delivering toilet paper to another inmate, according to officials.
Community activists began calling the jail inquiring about Stafford’s bond, which was set at $100,000 for the robbery and assault charges.
Despite rumors that supporters sent hundreds of thousands of dollars to pay Stafford's bond, Pendarvis said a well-meaning bail bondsman cut a favorable deal to secure his release.
Friday, August 11, 2017
"Jailhouse Fight With Dylann Roof Leads to Fame and Future for Dwayne Stafford"